Sunday, October 19, 2014

Youth Nordic Ski Season Rental Program Available

For the 2014-2015 winter season, The Base Camp will offer the following seasonal youth Nordic ski rental program:
  • Youth Nordic Ski Rental Season is December 1, 2014-February 23, 2015.
  • Eligible youth will be 3-12 years old.  
  • Classic ski, boot and pole rental will be $50.00/season. 
  • Reservations must be made by November 15, 2014. After November 15, 2014, youth ski rentals will be available on a daily basis.
  • Rental equipment to include only junior classic skis, junior classic poles and junior classic boots and is subject to availability. 
  • Rental equipment must be returned to The Base Camp by February 23, 2015. Equipment not returned will incur a daily rental fee for each day past February 23, 2015. Daily rental rates are $10.00/day for youth Nordic ski equipment.
Tim Lynch, Manager/Hard Goods Buyer, The Base Camp

Community Night at Blackfoot River Brewing on November 3

The Blackfoot River Brewing Co. is once again donating $1 for each beer sold on Monday, November 3rd (yes, the day before the general election!) to the Last Chance Nordic Ski Club. Come by, say hi to friends, renew your annual membership ($25 for individuals and $50 for families), buy a beer or two, and get a LCNSC thermal stainless steel cup for an additional $5.

Robert Ray, President, Last Chance Nordic Ski Club

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ski Trail Work Day (Sunday 9/28 @ noon)

Ski Club Members:

We're looking for volunteers next Sunday (9/28) to help with prepping the ski trails at Mac Pass for another great snow season soon to be underway. Activities include clearing deadfall, shortening stumps, weed whipping, clearing rock, etc. There's a variety of tasks for all skill levels and interests. 

The day will start at the parking lot at noon. Please bring work gloves, boots (it's a bit mucky in places), snacks, and water. If this time does not work with your schedule, look for future volunteer days in October. 

Please RSVP Peter Brumm at if you are interested in this event or have questions. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Conditions Report -- Skiing is good; Don't be dissuaded by spring in the valley

As you can see, skiing continues to rock on the Mac Pass trails. Grooming? Who needs grooming when you can ski on 1-2 feet of consolidated springtime goodness? (Trails are un-groomed, but for classic skiers, things were good if not set-tracked, and I bet skating would be possible if a little on the heroic side.) I bet the snow gets better (turning from ice to corn) as the snow warms up through the day.

The snowpack has consolidated. Late this afternoon there was an inch or so of loose corn snow on the surface. Scott and his faithful companion skied all the way up the Microwave Road. I was on another mission, and only skied as far as the SST, where just immediately uphill I made the best tele turns I've had all year. (This is misleading, if accurate. I mostly made alpine turns this winter. Still, the turns were as sweet as was the corn.)

The first 150 yards included some grass and dirt (smart skiers would walk), but I found all the little brook crossings to be no-stress and covered by snow or skiable ice. Honestly, the skiing was fun, the coverage was fine (although the snow is dirty), the sun blazed down, and the air was scented by Pine and Fir. It's hard to imagine it being any better any time of the year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Conditions Report, April 1

Air 32 F, snow 31 F. Foggy at noon. Yesterday's melting snow had turned to ice. In a few spots (aspect? tree cover?) there was soft snow, and it was lovely. In many other spots, although nicely rolled yesterday, there were killer ruts and chicken heads. Not so good.

Lots and lots and lots of snow. A four-foot drift in front of the picnic shelter, maybe a three-foot drift in front of the SST (outhouse). Wow. Wow. Wow.

A couple of degrees warmer or a meaningful burst of sunshine would soften things up, and it would be wonderful. I will watch for either. Spring skiing is going to be terrific, but we may have a few more months of winter before we see it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Conditions Report, Monday March 31

It's been a while since I've been up on the Pass. Wow. There's more snow than I can ever remember seeing. Maybe we can ski into June?

The air temperature was 32 F, the snow about 1 degree cooler. The sun beat down upon the snow as well as us unprepared classic skiers with neither the wit, nor wax, to both kick and glide. I will hurry up to the trails tomorrow morning with either skate skis or no-wax classics.

Emmett has rolled the little bit of trail I saw. The classic track was full of fresh snow.

The sun was out, the snow was deep, but without the right wax, I could only weep.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ski conditions

43 and calm at 10:00. big pine haul and lower micro roads groomed for skate and classic and really look great. As my forth and perhaps last season of grooming draws to a close, (supposed to be Sunday but due to a death in the family today is my last day), I want to say thanks for such an interesting and challenging job! Grooming will continue for at least another week and the snow may last thru April.
Happy trails.

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